Two Husbands: One Black, One White, Both Gay and Old, and Still Dancing.

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Date: October 9, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom Virtual Event
Category: Special Event

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The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts has partnered with the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement to bring you a special conversation for Coming Out Week.  Wayne State alumnus Dr. John Hunter along with his husband, Dr. Harold Kooden will share their personal coming out stories. The couple will reflect on their interracial relationship, John’s career as an artist and advocate for the arts as well as Harold’s work as an LGBTQ activist and his thoughts on resilience.

 John & Harold

  • Virtual Event on Zoom - Zoom link provided in confirmation email.
  • October 9, 2020
  • 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Conversation with John Hunter and Harold Kooden
  • Question & Answer Session


 A Detroit native and graduate of Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, John Hunter, PhD, is a retired professor of Italian Renaissance Art History and formerly an associate dean at Cleveland State University. Now living in New York City with his husband, Dr. Harold Kooden, he has returned to painting in his Manhattan studio. His most recent work, based on photographs of West Africans taken during a trip to Ghana, Togo, and Benin in 2018, may be viewed on his website— In addition to exhibiting his paintings online and in local shows, he is a self-published writer on themes concerning being black, gay, and old. His recent publication is Domus Niger, 2019. A new manuscript is in preparation.

Harold Kooden, Ph.D., is an openly gay, White clinical psychologist in private practice and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). In the APA, he was chair of the Task Force on the Study of Lesbian and Gay Psychologists and founder and board member of APA division on LGBTQ issues. He was a founder and board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Education Foundation, board member of the New York State Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence and founding member and community activist of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). He was also the North American Male Representative of the International Gay and Lesbian Organization. Besides having authored many articles on gay psychology, in 2000 he published Golden Men: The Power of Gay Midlife (Avon).

October 2020